Weather: Wind NE 30-40 in the morning decreasing to below 20 knots in the afternoon. Forecast looks good for a planned shift changeover tomorrow morning.
Boats: 3 ecotour vessels
- collected several shingles that had blown off of the boat house overnight
- another round of clean-up/pack-up for shift change
- repaired 2 damaged extension cord plugs
- raised a new flag on the flag pole
- installed fresh chain on chainsaw
Weather: NE 30-40 knots, clear sky, freezing.
Ecological: an unusual pile of guts washed up by the jetty.
Maintenance: Chopped firewood
The changeover of guardians scheduled for today was postponed due to strong winds blowing waves into the jetty.
Weather: Wind N 15 knots becoming NE reaching up to 50 knots by afternoon. Clear sky, temperature falling to near 0 deg C.
Weather: Light South wind in the morning becoming West 30 -40 knots in the afternoon with rain.
Ecological: Seagulls, Black Turnstones and Bald Eagles have all started feeding on the elephant seal carcass. With the rain, a lot of elephant seal blood washed out over the rocks and into the sea. I removed the flipper tag from the carcass, we will mail it to DFO to handle.
Boats: 2 ecotour
- filled day tank and pumped one barrel of diesel into generator tidy tank
- added propane tank to main house
Weather: wind NW under 5 knots, calm day with clear sky.
Ecological: e-seal with green tag c-586 was dead in the morning.
Boats: 1 ecotour vessel
Maintenance: cleaning, pack up and prepare for shift changeover
Weather: N wind in the morning under 10 knots becoming West wind at noon over 40 knots.
Ecological: Sent update report on injured elephant seal, she has become less responsive. Follow up communications about e-seal and possibility of intervention by VanAqua MMR.
Maintenance: starting to clean and pack in preparation for end of shift.
Off station from 1000 until 1600hrs.
Weather: SE 5 knot wind, cloudy.
Ecological: checked on c-586 first light and before dark, no improvement.
Maintenance: offloaded garbage and recycling
Weather: West wind, 30 knots reaching up to 40 knots. Visibility limited by rain.
Ecological: While doing the Christmas Bird count I came across a female elephant seal on the West side of Great Race. She is flipper tagged, green, c-586 and appears to be moulting. She also appears to be stuck in between some rocks. With an iron bar I was able to move a rock that was against her neck, this exposed a nasty wound where the rock had been embedded into her flesh. With the impediment removed I left her to see if she would be able to move freely. When I returned a few hours later she had only changed position by 90 degrees. I could see signs of abrasion on her underside as well. I took photos and sent a marine mammal injury report to the DFO and a veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.
stuck, from above
rock removed, injury visible
Boats: 1 ecotour
Maintenance: continued firewood stacking, basement tidying.